5 November 2003
PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and Richard Guino (1890-1973)
Buste de Madame Renoir
stamped with signature and numbered 'Renoir 20/20' (on the back right side), and stamped with foundry mark 'C.VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE' (on the back left side)
bronze with black patina
Height: 23¾ in. (60.3 cm.)
Conceived circa 1916; this bronze version cast at a later date
Carmen Colle, Paris.
Alex Maguy, Paris (acquired from the above).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
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P. Haesaerts, Renoir Sculptor, New York, 1947, pp. 30 and 42, no. 18 (plaster version illustrated, pl. XXXV).
Another cast of this subject was placed on Mme Renoir's tomb in the cemetery at Essoyes.
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